Game Theory and “Confession”

Among the Italian Supreme Court’s reasons for overturning Amanda Knox’s acquittal was their belief that her statement to the police, in which she placed herself at the murder scene and named bar owner Patrick Lumumba as the killer was powerful evidence of her guilt. (Never mind that the Supreme Court had, in earlier proceedings, found… Continue reading Game Theory and “Confession”

How To Tell If A Conspiracy Theory Is Daft

In 2011, Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor responsible for making a pig’s breakfast of the Monster of Florence case and damaging, possibly beyond repair, the futures of Raffele Sollecito and Amanda Knox, defended himself against charges that he’s a conspiracy buff this way: “Why do they call it a conspiracy theory?” he asked. “What does ‘conspiracy… Continue reading How To Tell If A Conspiracy Theory Is Daft

The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks of Italy

Update (3/26/2015): Amanda Knox and Raffele Sollecito were acquitted today by the Italian Court of Cassation. So ends their legal nightmare. I wish them both the best going forward, and I’m glad the Italian justice system finally did the right thing. I wish they’d done it before trying almost every possible wrong thing, but I’m still pleased. Fifteen… Continue reading The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks of Italy